Loon Echo Land Trust Receives Land Donation to Improve Parking at the Ledges Trail Head
Hikers looking to take Loon Echo Land Trust’s Ledges Trail on Pleasant Mountain and residents surrounding its location on Mountain Road in Denmark will soon have a solution to the popular trailhead’s limited parking. Through the generous donation of 2.39 acres on Mountain Road from North Rock Partners, represented by Phil Libby, to Loon Echo Land Trust, the Bridgton based nonprofit will construct an improved parking area allowing up to 25 cars to park.
“Our Stewardship Manager, Jon Evans, is in the process of final design and we expect to have this parking lot available by December 1st, Loon Echo’s Executive Director, Thom Perkins notes. “We fully expect that this new parking lot will help eliminate parking issues along Mountain Road and be a great resource for the year-round hiking public.”
Loon Echo’s Ledges Trail is a popular hike year round for outdoor enthusiasts looking to summit the state’s iconic Pleasant Mountain. The Ledges Trail is 1.8 miles from trail-head to the summit of Pleasant Mountain with a 1.600 foot elevation gain. The new parking area will be location at the same location as the existing 4-car roadside parking pull off, approximately 3 miles from the intersection of Mountain Road and Route 302 in Bridgton.
Loon Echo Land Trust protects nearly 6,700 acres of land and manages 30 miles of multi-use trails in the northern Sebago Lake region. Its mission is to work with the local residents to conserve the region’s natural resources and character for current and future generations. Loon Echo serves seven towns including Bridgton, Casco, Denmark, Harrison, Naples, Raymond and Sebago with an area of 320 square miles located directly north of Sebago Lake. Loon Echo works within its service area to safeguard water quality, preserve scenic gems such as Bald Pate Mountain, and provide outreach and fun educational programs to the public. Loon Echo assists landowners to take steps to ensure future generations will benefit from the preservation of their lands.
For information about membership, upcoming events or ways you can support Loon Echo Land Trust, go to their website www.lelt.org or call 207-647-4352.